At a hearing in the relevant committee, he previously said that relations between the United States and Russia had reached their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.
The US urges Iran to de-escalate at sea
This is necessary to prevent possible miscalculations in the future, said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.
The United States wants to de-escalate tensions at sea with Iran to prevent possible miscalculations in the future. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby stated this at a regular briefing for journalists.
He was asked to comment on reports that the boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, elite units of the Armed Forces) Iran was allegedly surrounded by two US Coast Guard ships in the Persian Gulf on April 2. “We obviously want to see a de-escalation of tensions. We don’t want to see miscalculations,” Kirby said.
“The IRGC’s unsafe and unprofessional activities at sea are nothing new. This has been a constant problem for a long time. We don’t see the same behavior from the Iranian Navy. These are mainly the IRGC and usually their small speedboats. This continues to be a matter of concern. And this, of course, as we have already said, increases the chances of a miscalculation, which, I think, will not benefit anyone in this part of the world,” the Pentagon press secretary said. The briefing was held before it became known that the US Navy patrol ship Firebolt fired warning shots due to the approach of the IRGC fast boats in the Persian Gulf. According to the US Navy, the crews repeatedly called on the Iranian boats to stop the maneuvers over a loudspeaker. According to the American side, communication was maintained with the Iranian military, and measures were taken “to reduce the risk of miscalculation, collision, and escalation.”